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  • 16 in swells formfitter saddle trees
  • Form fitter saddle tree 16 inch sweptback swells

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    12-08-2011, 06:34 AM
  #31
Showing
Good advise, Saddlebag. I've always used the term Bear Trap and Formfitter interchangeably. After looking it up on Google, it seems that the only difference might be the degree that the swells are swept back - but there is nothing definitive.

What do you consider the difference?
     
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    12-14-2011, 05:11 PM
  #32
Yearling
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Originally Posted by mselizabeth    
Awesome thank you. I would really like to pay less than 300 for one. Do you think that's realistic for a saddle that will last?

If anyone has such a saddle they would like to sell, feel free to PM me.
I'm ideally looking for a lighter colored saddle. Like a chesnut color(ish).
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Are you just looking for a hack around saddle? $300 is not a lot of money for a good saddle that will last. The best thing for you to do, is check out a roughout training saddle, www.sstack.com has some nice ones for not a lot of money.

I won a roughout at an AQHA show about 9 years ago. I still have it, it's my everyday work saddle, and you CAN'T kill this thing. I hate Circle Y's...had one and sold it within a year. They just don't fit right as most have semi QH bars. I also stay away from Chavez, Tex Tans, Cook, Royal Kings, Crates etc. They simply aren't made well for the price tag they put on them.
     
    12-14-2011, 05:12 PM
  #33
Yearling
Oh....and for seat size, go with a 16". You want a little room in a western saddle, you don't want to be crammed into one. I see far too many people in a western saddle that is too small for them. I'm 5'7", weigh 128 and I ride in a 16".
     
    12-28-2011, 06:03 PM
  #34
Foal
PMed you about a saddle, Elizabeth! =)
     
    12-28-2011, 07:00 PM
  #35
Showing
Iride, the bear trap has not only the swept back swells but also a small (13 or 14") seat. Combine the two and the rider was almost trapped in there. This style made it harder for a horse to pitch it's rider, but it was almost impossible for a rider to take a dive to avoid a wreck. The form-fitter's swells aren't as extreme and the seat size is bigger, which makes them great mountain saddles.
     
    12-29-2011, 12:18 AM
  #36
Weanling
Thank you guys for the advice. I ended up sucking it up and spending the extra money for a used billy cook. I went with a 15.5" trail billy cook.

And i'm so happy I spent the extra for a nice saddle.
     
    01-01-2012, 01:16 AM
  #37
Trained
Sometimes its worth spending money items
     

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